Toledo Presents Stiff Test For CMU Men

Junior Gavin Peppers is averaging 7.6 points per game off the bench for the CMU men's basketball team.
Jan. 12, 2018

12-4, 1-2 MAC 10-6, 2-1 MAC
Saturday, Jan. 13 | 4:30 p.m.
McGuirk Arena | Mount Pleasant, Mich.
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The Central Michigan men’s basketball team will play host to Toledo in a Mid-American Conference game on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at McGuirk Arena. The game is the second half of a CMU basketball doubleheader. The Chippewa women are scheduled to play Kent State at 1 p.m.

The Chippewas dropped a 79-74 decision at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday. It was CMU’s second straight loss, leaving it 12-4, 1-2 MAC.

Cecil Williams scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Chippewas, who never led in the second half, but pulled to within two points with under a minute to play against the Eagles.

Kevin McKay added 15 points for the Chippewas, who made a season-best 92.6 percent of their free throw attempts (25 of 27).

• CMU is No. 1 in the nation in free throw shooting percentage (81.8).

• Williams, a 6-foot-6 senior, leads CMU in scoring at 14.9 points per game. David DiLeo (13.9) and Shawn Roundtree Jr. (13.6) rank second and third, respectively. DiLeo is CMU’s top rebounder at 7.2 per game.

• CMU leads the MAC in scoring defense, allowing 66.5 points per game; and is holding opponents to 40.4-percent field goal shooting, which also leads the league.

• The Chippewas are outrebounding their opponents by an average of 4.1 per game, which is second in the MAC.

• The Rockets (10-6, 2-1) have won back-to-back MAC games. The first, 67-65, over Akron followed by an 84-61 victory over Western Michigan. Both games were played at the Rockets’ Savage Arena.

• Toledo opened MAC play with a 104-94 loss at Buffalo. At 3-0, Buffalo is the lone remaining unbeaten in conference play.

• The Rockets lead the MAC in 3-point shooting, knocking down 40.6 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. They are averaging a conference-best 9.8 triples per game.

• Toledo features two of the league’s top-10 scorers in Tre’Shaun Fletcher (18 points per game) and Jaelan Sanford (16.4). Fletcher, a 6-foot-7 senior, ranks third in the conference with 8.5 rebounds per game.

• Toledo ranks third in the MAC in scoring at 78.9 points per game.

“Toledo, three games into the conference schedule, looks like they’re the best offensive team in this league on a small sample size,” CMU coach Keno Davis said. “They’re a team that can score inside, score outside, and they shot an incredibly high percentage against three of the better teams in this league. We know as an improved defensive team we’re definitely going to be put to the test to see just how much we have improved.”

CMU plays the first of back-to-back road games when it visits Ball State on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The Cardinals (11-5, 2-1) play at Western Michigan on Saturday. On Saturday, Jan. 20, CMU goes to Bowling Green.
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